Kingston, October 26 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced a new policy to honour former Prime Ministers of Jamaica.
According to Minister Grange effective immediately her Ministry will lead floral tributes on the birthdays of deceased former Prime Ministers.
Minister Grange announced the new policy today (Friday) at a Floral Tribute at National Heroes Park to commemorate the 107th Anniversary of the birth of the Most Honourable Sir Donald Sangster, the second Prime Minister of Jamaica.
“No longer should any of our former Prime Ministers be laid to rest and forgotten and their contributions to national development folded away in the pages of history books, only explored by those in academic pursuit or those who have a deep passion for their history.
“As we do for Sir Donald today, this initiative of my ministry will continue. We will also be observing and celebrating the life and work of the Most Honourable Michael Manley and the Most Honourable Hugh Shearer on the occasion of their birth anniversaries. Our Prime Ministers must not only be regarded in the living years. I am starting this tradition that no longer will they be forgotten. This is the standard for others to follow,” Minister Grange said.
Sir Donald Burns Sangster succeeded the Right Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante in February 1967 and served until April of that year when he succumbed to sudden illness.